Ocasio-Cortez accused of 'faking an accent' while speaking to a predominantly black audience in NYC
AOC was lashed at by several prominent figures some of whom even compared her to Hillary Clinton, claiming that she was changing her accent.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) was criticized for her seemingly new accent while speaking to a predominantly black audience in New York City, at the annual convention of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on Friday. In her passionate speech, the congresswoman spoke about her past employment as a bartender as she tried to convey the message that employment was something to be proud of. She further pointed out that her former job has certainly raised many eyebrows and there have been attempts made to delegitimize her status as an elected official.
In the speech, she stated, "I'm proud to be a bartender. Ain't nothing wrong with that. There's nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work. There is nothing wrong with being a working person in the United States of America and there is everything dignified about it." She further added that her past encourages her since it shows that if she can "work in a restaurant and become a member of the United States Congress, so can you.”
.@AOC: "I'm proud to be a bartender. Ain't nothing wrong with that. There's nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat." pic.twitter.com/4uveYJNqVj— The Hill (@thehill) April 5, 2019
However, several Twitter pundits went on to criticize the congresswoman over her accent, claiming that this is not how she usually speaks. Washington Free Beacon reporter Alex Griswold wrote on Twitter, "I got five seconds into the video of AOC putting on an accent before cringing out".
Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson said on his Friday show, "We've played a lot of clips of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, she doesn't talk like that in a single one of them. That's fake, that what that is." Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra even compared her to Hillary Clinton, as he wrote, "She literally pulled a Hillary Clinton" right after he stated, "Ocasio-Cortez speaks in an accent that she never uses while telling a room of predominately black people that there is nothing wrong with them folding clothes, cooking, and driving other people around on a bus for a living."
She literally pulled a Hillary Clinton pic.twitter.com/4jt8g1B71W— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 5, 2019
However, AOC was quick to respond to all the criticism. On her Twitter page, she came up with a series of tweets where she mentioned that is how she acts and talks. She wrote, "As much as the right wants to distort & deflect, I am from the Bronx. I act & talk like it, *especially* when I’m fired up and especially when I’m home. It is so hurtful to see how every aspect of my life is weaponized against me, yet somehow asserted as false at the same time."
She also explained that anyone with a distinctive upbringing might tend to speak that way, as she said, "Folks talking about my voice can step right off. Women’s March & Kavanaugh speech, same. Any kid who grew up in a distinct linguistic culture & had to learn to navigate class enviros at school/work knows what’s up. My Spanish is the same way. These conspiracy mills are [trash emoji]."